PD Martin tells us why he fights for Gandhi Nagar in this exclusive interview

The heartland of Ernakulam, Kochi is about to witness another bypoll tomorrow, 7 December 2021, along with a few other local bodies in the State.  Gandhinagar was held by Late Shri.K.K. Sivan of CPI (M) and his death has warranted this by-election.  Gandhinagar is a hot seat and both the Government and Opposition parties have their eyes on this seat.  The fight is between P D Martin of the Congress and Mrs. Sivan of the CPI (M). 

What is P D Martin fighting for? We learn through this exclusive interview with the candidate P D Martin with Chief Editor Nazia Yusuf Izuddin  

You had lost the previous elections to CPI (M), are you hopeful of winning this time?

I have put my fate in the hands of the people of Gandhinagar.  Although, touted as one of the premium residential areas in Ernakulam District, Gandhinagar suffers of potholes and narrow roads.  Every time it rains, residents are afraid of a potential flooding situation that disturbs their lives entirely.  The people in this area are suffering from acute drinking water shortage and bad drainage and sewage system.  These are the basic necessities for every human being to live quality life.  The CPI (M) has been in power for the past 5 years in the state and yet Gandhinagar has not evolved on these parameters.

I had lost the previous elections by a mere margin of 115 votes only.  People know me for the work I did in Panampilly Nagar when I was Counsellor.  They know my role in the widening of K P Vallon Road which today is the lifeline of that area.  I am hopeful because my work speaks for me, and LDF’s failures are now visible to each one of us.

What failures of LDF are you pointing towards?

I have served as Standing Committee Chairman of Kochi Corporation.  I know that if you have the will to change things, then you can certainly things whether your party is in power or not. Having said that, if your party is in power, then the changes you can do for the public and their welfare is boundless. There is no end to what the government can do for the people, and it is also their primary and fundamental duty to ensure that atleast basic living standards are met.  While ration is important, drinking water, safe roads, proper sewage and drainage and basic street lights are also equally important.  The community must also be taken care of by the government along with the individual.  Here, LDF has failed and these failures are coming out in the open every day.

How do you propose to take forward these initiatives since the UDF is not in power in the State?

I have served in these capacities before and I know thoroughly that public facilities can be developed with strong public private partnerships. Ernakulam is a great example of how our party has achieved much development, and that too world class development through these resources.  I know the methods to reach out to enterprises and their Corporate Social Responsibility Funds and how to utilise it for Gandhinagar to prosper.

How can you speak with such confidence that you can change Gandhinagar while the candidates before you have promised the same, but not much is visible in the form of delivery?

I have never made empty promises.  Even after I lost the previous elections by 115 votes, I still remained with the people without considering party affiliations.  I am a social worker. I am in public service.  My goal is clear, I want to facelift Gandhinagar and solve the issues of the residents.  My confidence comes from a place of commitment and sincerity for the cause and for public welfare.

 

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